Relevant '11 Here I Come!

Oct 6, 2011

The Relevant Conference: I'm Going!

I'm really, really going!

Many of my blog friends were very aware that I desperately wanted to go to Relevant again this year, but our family just couldn't swing it financially.  I left it in God's hands, different friends were praying with me, and I was resolved that I would not be able to attend.

Out of the blue last week a friend of mine contacted me on twitter and said that she had won a ticket but was not going to be able to go.  She offered me her ticket......FREE!  I was blown away by her generosity, knowing that not being able to attend was a big disappointment to her too.

But finding a ticket was only part of the equation.  Since our family already knew this was out of our reach financially, we knew to make this happen I needed a sponsor for my travel expenses.  Have you met my sponsor?!!

I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Family Matters! You may remember this summer I did a series on the book "Why Christian Kids Rebel".  This was a great book written by Dr. Tim Kimmel of Family Matters.  They have a library stocked with awesome titles and amazing family helps.  I am honored to be working with them for the coming months to bring you more great resources for your family!

But let me be very clear here......GOD gets all the glory!!  I left this trip in HIS hands -- He has blessed me with a resounding "yes" and has provided the way.  Hallelujah Lord Jesus!

I can't wait to see all my bloggy friends!


Mission Trip to Haiti

Oct 5, 2011

I have been given the distinct honor of traveling to Haiti in December on a mission trip with my church!

Whew!  It feels good to finally let you in on this news!

We are working with an amazing organization, Welcome Home Haiti, to build a new home for a very deserving Haitian family.  Two small groups from my church have been diligently raising money through fundraisers since June in an effort to raise $10,000 to build the home.  God was faithful and our money was raised in less than 60 days!  Now that is God at work!

Many families in Haiti live in a home that looks like this, totally exposed to the elements.

After the money was raised, it was sent to Haiti for the home to be built by local workmen.  Now our wonderful family will live in a home that will keep them dry and clean.

When our team of eight arrives in December, we will help finish the roof, build furniture, present household items and gifts, and dedicate the home.  It is going to be an amazing testimony of God's work in the city of Pillatre through Haitian Christian Ministries where the homes are being built.

Haitian Christian Ministries has been a driving force of change in Pillatre for many years. I can't wait to be a participant in that change!  Our church has had a relationship with them for over 20 years!

I'm not sure how you may have felt watching this video, but I get chills and overwhelming feelings rise up in my heart and soul.  This is when I know the Holy Spirit is speaking and moving within me.

My heart is stirred to do more, be more. 
"Here I am Lord, send me."
So I step out in faith and say "Yes Lord".

There is still much to be done.

As with any mission trip, I must raise $1500 for my portion of the expenses for the trip before November 2nd.  In addition, I need $500 for the many immunizations that are necessary to remain healthy throughout the trip.

Would you prayerfully consider supporting me financially?  If you would like to contribute directly to my church, they can send you a receipt.  Simply send a check(with my name on the memo line) to:

Eastview Christian Church
Attn: December Haiti Trip
1500 N Airport Rd
Normal IL 61761

Please be sure to enclose your contact information.

If you would like to help with the extra expenses, you can contribute directly to my paypal account.

The Lord has already been stretching me through this process. As we continue to prepare, I will be updating you all on our progress.  I would sincerely appreciate your prayers.


A New Adventure

Oct 4, 2011

Will you join me here again tomorrow as I announce a new adventure?  

You won't believe where I am going in December!


UpScale This Thrift Store Challenge - Pumpkins!

Oct 3, 2011

I am so excited that it is finally the first Monday of the month for the UpScale This Challenge!  I can't wait to see all of your cool upscaled creations from fabulous pumpkins you found at your local thrift store!!  I gave you a sneak peak last week of one of the small pumpkins I found, but this one is really my favorite.  Are you ready?

Isn't it just gorgeous?  I used a soft cover dictionary.  I must give credit to Craftberry Bush for this tremendous idea.  You can head over there for instructions and more ideas.  I found her through Pinterest, of course!

The only difference in my pumpkin is that I inked the edges with stamping ink instead of using tea bags.

We'd love to have you participate!!  Once again, here are our guidelines:

  1. At least one item of your project must be made with something you bought at a thrift store or garage sale. 
  2. You must provide a before photo of the item you are refurbishing.
  3. Just for fun, you can include the price you paid for your thrift item.
  4. You are encouraged to use supplies that you already have on hand at home.  The fun of the challenge is to do it as cheaply as possible!
  5. If your idea came from Pinterest, please give credit back to the originator.
  6. You may include a tutorial or just the photos, whatever you would like.
  7. The link party will open on Monday mornings and remain open until Saturday evening.  This should hopefully give you enough time to create!

May I please request that you post the UpScale This logo in your post so others can find us?

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Just as a reminder, our coming months schedule:

November - Framed Art. Pick up a piece of framed art that you can rehab and create something marvelous!
December -Decoupage. Choose anything that you can decoupage to breath new life into. Want an extra challenge? Make it gift worthy!!

Now let's get this linky party started!

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